Renault India on Tuesday launched a new petrol range of its blockbuster sports utility vehicle Duster, including one Continuously Variable Timing (CVT) transmission version.
The new Duster comes with a 1.5-litre H4K petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox in two trim levels – RXE and RXL, starting at an introductory starting price of Rs 8.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The other version -- Duster CVT comes equipped with an X-Tronic automatic gearbox in the RXS trim, with introductory prices at Rs 10.32 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The Duster CVT comes with easy selection drive modes – P (Park), R (Reverse), N (Neutral), D (Drive) and a 6 speed manual mode option.
Sumit Sawhney, country CEO and MD, Renault India operations said, “Duster plays a pivotal role in our product portfolio and with the introduction of the new petrol range with CVT, Renault has the widest offering in the segment, enabling us to best cater to evolving customer needs. We are confident that the new Duster petrol range with the CVT will resonate well with discerning Indian customers in the fastest growing vehicle segment in India.”
The CVT Duster is currently offered with two-wheel drive (2WD) and a six-speed manual mode is also offered in the vehicle. The 1.5-litre engine produces 106 PS @ 5,600 rpm and 142 Nm of torque @ 4,000 rpm. The Duster X-Tronic CVT delivers an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 14.99 kmpl.
When mated to a five-speed manual transmission, the new Duster petrol engine churns out 106 PS power @ 5,600 rpm and 142 Nm torque @ 4,000 rpm. It runs 14.19 km in a litre of petrol, as certified by ARAI.
Across the trims, the prices are:
|Trim||Petrol 4X2 MT||Petrol 4X2 CVT||Diesel 85 PS 4x2 MT||Diesel 85 PS 4x2 MT Diesel 110 PS 4X2 MT||Diesel 110 PS 4x2 AMT||Diesel 110 PS 4x4 MT|
(All prices in Rs ex-showroom Delhi)
The Duster was one of the first compact SUVs in India, which helped Renault set its foot in India. The company sold close to 19,000 units of the SUV in the last fiscal, which sees a growing competition from the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Creta, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV300 and its own sibling Nissan Terrano.
Renault India has more than 270 sales and 230 service facilities across the country.